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You Don't Know Me by [Bennett, Sophia]
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4.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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[Sophia's] ear for the way teenagers speak is faultless. YOU DON'T KNOW ME is her best yet. She deserves to be as feted and well-known as Hilary McKay and Jacqueline Wilson, for what she writes sings with as much talent as her heroines … --Amanda Craig, The Times

One of the best YA contemporary stories … exploring media manipulation, cyber-bullying, body image, romance, friendship, making choices, and doing it all with incredible heart and a wonderful cast of characters. --The Bookbag

I really can't rave enough about YOU DON'T KNOW ME. It s powerful, magical and beautiful, it shows true friendship and first love and girls finding out who they want to be, even if it is the hard way. --Readaraptor

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1815 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (2 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CI83I0G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #229,519 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have never read a book by Sophia Bennett before, and although I do own The Look, it is still waiting to be read. After my recent discovery and love of reading a band themed book, and loving the synopsis of You Don't Know Me, I had to request it, and I am so glad I did. You Don't Know Me is another book that managed to grab my attention immediately and I found it extremely difficult to put it down, so much so that I read while cooking, and the food turned out a bit more well done than usual.

You Don't Know Me follows four girls, Rose, Jodie, Nell and Sasha, best friends in school and also a small band together that messes around and has fun, until the day that Sasha's phone is stolen and one of the girls fun videos is put online on Interface as an entry to Killer Act, the biggest online music competition in the country. The girls, now known as Manic Pixie Dream Girls, soon find themselves in high demand from school friends but all too soon their fame is brought to a sudden halt when they are forced to drop on of the girls from the band and the remaining girls are forced to deal with the backlash.

When I began reading You Don't Know Me I had an idea in my head about who would do the dropping and who would be left behind, and I was shocked to see I was wrong and had guessed the wrong person. As the story unfolds you get to see how it was a huge misunderstanding on both sides. The dropped person believing her friend agreed with everyone else, and the dropper thinking it was better to drop this girl due to ability and desire alone. When it is all revealed in a video montage before the band perform in the finals it is revealed how it was all twisted and portrayed to be the bands fault it truly hit me how things can be purposefully shown in the wrong light.
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I loved The Look. I've been wanting to read this since I heard that the author, Sophia Bennett, had written an new one so I was super excited when I got home one day to find it sat in my living room. There may have been squealing involved.

I've come to expect amazing covers from Chicken House and I definitely wasn't disappointed with this book. Covers aren't something I usually discuss in my reviews but I can't not mention it in this one because, yes, it has gorgeous blue edging. I was actually a little bit sad to read it because I didn't want to damage the cover but I did because, obviously, using my magical powers, I knew that the content inside the book would be even better than the cover, and that's saying something.

A major theme in You Don't Know Me is social networking and I think this is something that needs to be mentioned more in books for this age group. It's hard to think of someone nowadays who doesn't have access to Facebook or Twitter or any other means of social networking. I am one of those people who is constantly checking my Twitter feed- something I'm not too happy about!- and so it was nice to see the consequences of these websites laid out in front of the reader. I was appalled at some of the events that took place and, like with other books, my faith in humanity was somewhat crushed.

This was very much a character driven novel and I loved all of the characters. Written from Sasha's point of view, it was easy to become familiar with the way that Bennett writes and Sasha was very easy to like. I did feel sorry for her; if I was her, I wouldn't have acted the way that she did. That isn't to say that she was unrealistic, because this book was anything but.
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You Don't Know Me has a lot stacked against it. The premise is utterly improbable (the core story involves four girls winning an X-Factor-style competition sponsored by a Facebook-style site), the lead character is the popular hot girl (and not, on paper, sympathetic) and, in essence, we're supposed to feel for some bullies.

Except... not really.

Somehow this manages to combine the best trashy escapism of Gossip Girl with real emotional depth when discussing a harrowing and important topic. Sasha and her friends are simply ordinary girls, who screw around with music for fun. When a video they made (for themselves) sneaks into a talent competition - and then they (kinda) win - they're blown away. But the Evil Marketing people want more of a story, so they spin Sasha and two of her friends against the four girl, Rose. The 'hot girls' dump the 'fat girl' - the drama the show wants. Just at the cost of four lives.

Off the back of books like Glaze, it is nice to read another novel that juggles both the power and the danger of social media - instant access, global power - all lovely things, but with a real, human cost. And You Don't Know Me isn't shy about tackling the horrors of online bullying: how words go somewhere and are read by real people. Anonymity isn't power, it is cowardice. The whole set-up is implausible, but what Ms. Bennett does with it is extremely clever, and she uses the outlandishly impossible as a means of talking about the deeply personal and everyday.

I'm not particularly sympathetic to 'self-selected celebrities', but with her one work of fiction, Ms. Bennett does what ten-thousand magazine articles can't, and reminds us that they're human too. I don't even mind the Evil Marketers taking a beating - this is a good cause after all.
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